Wow.

What a game.

After a good start, a disastrous middle and a great finish, LSU rolled over Auburn 26-21.

The storylines in this game were amazing. And the plot was like a great mystery movie as it was full of twists and turns.

LSU got off to a pretty solid start, taking a 3-0 lead in the first quarter behind strong defense and a strong running game.

Auburn answered back in the second to take a 7-3 lead.

With a little more than a minute to play in the first half, LSU coach Les Miles decided to go for the gusto, instead of going into the lockers and Jarrett Lee, who subbed in for Andrew Hatch threw an interception on a screen pass, and it was taken to the house by Auburn defender Gabe McKenzie to put LSU down by 11 at the break.

Auburn got the ball to start the 2nd half and was driving, but LSU’s defense exploded on quarterback Chris Todd and forced them to punt.

With 15 minutes to collect his thoughts, Lee was a different man in the 2nd half and lit up the Auburn defense to the tune of 14 third quarter points to take a 17-14 lead with 15 minutes to play.

A couple of things I liked:

1. Lesticles – After the first touchdown, Miles ordered an onside kick. The result? LSU getting another possession, which paid off later when Auburn’s defense was sucking wind. Miles and Crowton also dialed up a halfback pass on the second touchdown to get the ball into the endzone.

2. Opening it up – LSU couldn’t afford to play tight to the vest anymore. So they opened up the offense and got what they were looking for.

In the fourth quarter, LSU strengthened its lead on a field goal before Todd drove Auburn down the field and hit a touchdown pass to take a 21-20 lead.

With less than 5 minutes to go and the Tigers on the ropes, Lee threw the last punch in the game, marching LSU down the field when it appeared LSU was milking out the clock to attempt a field goal, hitting Brandon LaFell for the final score of the game.

Here are a few things I took from this game.

1. Jarrett Lee is LSU’s best quarterback – He got off to a slow start. No doubt. Maybe it was nerves. Maybe he wasn’t keeping himself prepared to play on the bench. But whatever it was, he was a beast out there in the second half. It’s nothing against Andrew Hatch who proved he is an extremely tough kid, but Lee is just more willing to put the ball down the field into a tight spot. When you have Demetrius Byrd, Brandon LaFell and the other LSU receivers, you need to be able to use them. Lee is better for doing that.

2. Special Teams were special – I said before the game and all week that the team who won special teams would probably win this game. LSU won special teams. Hands-down. Whether it was Colt David hitting 2 field goals, or punter Brady Dalfrey pinning Auburn inside the 20 on four of his six punts, LSU controlled special teams and with both teams playing to a relative draw on offense and defense, winning that third area helped seal the win.

3. LaFell dominant – Brandon LaFell became a truly dominant LSU receiver last night. He was the team’s top receiver through 2 games, but that was aided by a bum ankle by Byrd. But after watching him slice and dice the Auburn secondary last night, I think he may be the top receiver all year. Just think the season he could have had last year if not for drops. But it’s like I always saw when a receiver is consistently dropping balls — they are consistently open. LaFell is holding onto them now and he is coming up big for LSU.

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I will not focus on next week until tomorrow, so you all can savor tonight. But I want to leave you all with one thing.

This game — a win like this — is how dynasties start.

Great teams win at home and on the road. For LSU to be down 11 on the road with a freshman playing quarterback, spitting in the face of history is a major deal.

I think that before tonight’s game, LSU trailed the likes of USC and Ohio State in that they were not a team who competed for the championship EVERY year. (every other year team). But I think wins like tonight show that now they are capable of spiting that even and odd numbered year stuff and win SEC Western Division titles EVERY year.

With that being said, here are my game balls:

Offensive Game-ball: Jarrett Lee – This one is easy. Charles Scott played his tail off. LaFell played his tail off. But without Lee having the guts to go down field and hit his receivers, LSU would have lost this game 21-3.

Defensive Game-ball: Jacob Cutrera – I know it’s easy to give this one to Hawkins. But it’s hard to replace an All-American. And I do not know about you, but there was never a time in this game where I thought to myself, “LSU needs Darry tonight.” Cutrera played a whale of a game, filling in for a dominant player without missing a beat.

Special Teams Game-ball: Brady Dalfrey- Six punts. Four downed inside of the 20. Period.

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Forget headlines and YouTube and that other junk, let’s end it here.

Have a great Sunday!

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